Master of Health Management

Why study the Master of Health Management at UNE?

The Master of Health Management provides the learning material and experiences for students to develop the core knowledge and skills required of healthcare managers in a wide variety of public, private and non-government organisations where services for health and social care are designed, delivered and evaluated. This includes but is not limited to hospital and community settings, the aged care sector, government departments, private practice and small business. Depending on your previous qualifications the course is delivered in a variety of modes including online in full or part-time modes for flexibility to balance life, work and study. Students will complete their study program with a capstone unit in which they consolidate their theoretical learning of health management with a 'real world' action research project.

Professional Recognition: The Master of Health Management and the Master of Health Management (Quality Management) are both accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Career Opportunities

Policy Development; Health Service Planning; Health Information Management; Hospital Management; Practice Management; Risk Management; Organisational Performance Planning and Development; Operations Management.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 5 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MHM
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 5 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Certificate in Health Management or equivalent; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Diploma in Health Management or equivalent; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline*; or

(e) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in the same or another health, business or management discipline; or

(f) satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (e)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

*Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to: Health Management, Nursing and Community Services.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) who hold a relevant qualification may be granted up to 24 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted 48 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) who hold a relevant qualification may be granted up to 48 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rules (e) or (f) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Health Management in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Certificate in Health Management or equivalent; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 UNE Graduate Diploma in Health Management or equivalent; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline* or
(e) hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor qualification in the same or another health, business or management discipline; or
(f) satisfy the School by means of other relevant qualifications and workplace experience [at least equivalent to Admission Rule (e)] of adequate preparation for candidature.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Health Management, Nursing and Community Services.

Additional Requirements
Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted 24 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) who hold a relevant qualification may be granted up to 24credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 24 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted 48 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (d) who hold a relevant qualification may be granted up to 48 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing may be granted based on units that were not part of the qualification on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (e) or (f) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rules (a) and (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1 year as full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (c) and (d), the period of candidature shall be up to two years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (e) and (f), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to five years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award, a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including at least 24 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 30 cps
General Program
OR
Specialisation
18 cps
Total 72 cps

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General Program
Quality Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 30 cps
General Program
OR
Specialisation
18 cps
Total 72 cps

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General Program
Quality Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (e) or (f)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 54 cps
General Program
OR
Specialisation
18 cps
Total 72 cps

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General Program
Quality Management

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Health Management OR students who complete the Quality Management specialisation may be awarded the Master of Health Management (Quality Management).

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rules (e) or (f) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health Management upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units HSHM500, HSHM506, HSHM512, HSHM543. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certificate in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rule (e) or (f) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management upon completion of 48 credit points comprising units HSHM500, HSHM506, HSHM512, HSHM521, HSHM543 and 18 credit points of Listed Units. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Health Management under Rule (a) or (b) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management upon completion of 24 credit points comprising HSHM521 and 18 credit points of Listed Units. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Diploma in Health Management must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Master of Health Management. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Health Management prepares students for contemporary and emerging management roles in healthcare. Students acquire important knowledge and skills to manage health systems and services, the health workforce and healthcare organisational performance.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. critically appraise the interface between health care management theory and practice;
  2. demonstrate skills in the analysis of management problems and the application of problem solving techniques;
  3. apply knowledge of management methods to their practice in managing people and resources;
  4. identify and critically analyse current knowledge of the policy and system dynamics driving change and reform agenda in the health sector and apply findings to the management of healthcare;
  5. critically analyse evidence and conduct research pertaining to a particular aspect of health management to address problems and opportunities in healthcare policy and practice; and
  6. effectively communicate about healthcare management to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of their health management discipline including a global perspective. Knowledge of the discipline is categorised into several areas, including leading and managing systems and services, leading and managing people, facilitating interprofessional collaboration and managing oneself as an effective and ethical leader. Graduates will be able to analyse, evaluate and compare the Australian Healthcare System with other jurisdictions. They will be able to apply best practice and sustainable health management theory and practice, from other jurisdictions to other jurisdictions. This knowledge of the discipline of health management is taught, practised and assessed across the unit content via written assessments and group work.

Communication Skills

Graduates will convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences and stakeholders throughout the health care system. Health managers rely on effective communication to perform as effective leaders and therefore there is a great emphasis on developing communication skills in the Master of Health Management. Various aspects of communication are taught practised and assessed in this course including, seeking and assessing information, managing diversity, dealing with conflict, utilising appropriate channels of communication, evaluating content of messages, reporting effectively and presenting well. As a part of building communication skills functioning in groups is structured into the course and taught, practised and assessed through a range of methods. Graduates will be able to foster interprofessional practice and collaboration through development of frameworks and models suitable for interprofessional health care with awareness of financial, legal and information systems that enable and constrain interprofessional practice.

Problem Solving

Graduates will apply logical, critical and creative thinking to solve a range of problems which confront health managers. Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems; identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area; conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem; collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem solving.

Information Literacy

Graduates will recognise when information is needed, and identify, evaluate and effectively use information as required. Leading and managing in the health care sector means being engaged with a great deal of information from a great many sources. This includes critically evaluating information and the search process; managing information collected or generated; using information to construct new concepts or to create new understandings; using information with understanding and acknowledging cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social issues surrounding its use; acquiring, organising and presenting information using the latest technology.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of ethical and socially responsible health leadership and health policy practices. Students will improve their capacity to practice at the highest standards of ethical and socially responsible behaviour in leadership and management, including an understanding of ethical, social justice and equity responsibilities towards patients, health care consumers, other health professionals, colleagues and the wider community. This will be promoted throughout the unit modules, unit materials, readings and various online activities, and evaluated through the various assessments.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional development in health management. Continuous learning is important for self and system improvement. An essential component of continuous learning is being able to monitor performance and evaluate systems services, and projects, as the health industry is led by safety and quality concerns. The Master of Health Management is committed to establishing life-long learning as part of the graduate's skill base. Life-long learning will be taught, practised and assessed throughout the course.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will demonstrate capability of independent and collaborative enquiry. Students will independently engage with new ideas and ways of thinking, and be able to critically analyse issues. Students will extend knowledge through ongoing research, enquiry and reflection. Graduates will be regarded as independent learners and critical thinkers.

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